Friday Sermon | “I Believe In” by Matt Chandler

MattChandlerIt has been some time since we last visited the Village Church for a sermon given by Matt Chandler. They’ve wrapped up their sermon series in James and have begun a 12 week series working through the Apostle’s Creed. Today we’ll be looking at the first sermon in the series which was preached on Saturday Evening, August 22, 2015.

Excerpt from Intro

…We’re going to do 12 weeks on the Apostles’ Creed. Here’s what I know. Let’s chat. Let’s just talk about it. Those of you who have more liturgical backgrounds… Maybe you’re a formal Catholic or an Anglican or grew up in a Reformed Presbyterian church or something like that. You’re geeked out of your mind right now. You’re like, “Can you even do this? Is he allowed to do this? I thought we weren’t allowed to do creeds.”

If you’re a modern Baptist… Not a historic Baptist, because historic Baptists were also creedal people, but if you’re a modern Baptist and you’ve heard something like, “No creed but the Bible,” then you’re probably concerned about me right now and wondering what in the world the elders are thinking. “How could they let him do this, and how do we shut it down?” So there’s this mixture of excitement and nervousness in the room about the Apostles’ Creed.

Let’s just talk very briefly. What I want to do today in our time together is tell you why we would spend 12 weeks on the Apostles’ Creed. I’m going to give you my outline right out of the gate, and then we’re going to very quickly get to the Bible. Here’s my outline. The creed will help us develop better symmetry as Christians, give us a more robust understanding of the God of the Bible. The creed helps us with clarity. It makes it clear who God is. The creed informs our community, who we belong to and who we are with. Finally, the creed informs our counsel, both to ourselves and to others…

(ref: The Village Church Sermon Page)

Sermon Video

https://my.ekklesia360.com/Clients/download.php?sid=13119&url=http://media.thevillagechurch.net/sermons/audio/201508221700FMWC21ASAAA_MattChandler_TheApostlesCreedPt1-IBelieveIn.mp3&mediaBID=3781175

Sermon Transcript

http://media.thevillagechurch.net/sermons/transcripts/201508221700FMWC21ASAAA_MattChandler_TheApostlesCreedPt1-IBelieveIn.pdf

Sermon Text

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth…
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord…
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary…
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven…
And sits on the right hand of the Father almighty…
From whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit…
The holy catholic church…
The communion of saints…
The forgiveness of sins…
The resurrection of the body…
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

Have a blessed weekend, and I pray you are encouraged by this sermon.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Friday Sermon | Worldliness / Godliness by Matt Chandler

MattChandlerIt has been some time since we last visited the Village Church for a sermon given by Matt Chandler. They are still in their series on the book of James. Today, we’ll be watching part 8 in the series entitled Worldliness / Godliness.

If we can have real talk with one another today, we are really perverted, dark people. We really are! Look at me. If we thought we could get away with it, we would do the most horrific of things. If we thought we could get away with it, that there would be no cost here and now and there was no judgment to come, we would give ourselves over to the most deplorable, dark things imaginable. That’s exactly what happens when you walk in false wisdom, because there’s no truth except what you decide is true. There’s no end except your personal happiness. Regardless of who gets destroyed, who gets heartbroken, who gets left behind, you’re going to be happy, and that’s false wisdom. The Bible says it ends not just with a life of conflict but also with eternal damnation. Maybe you’re a guest, and you’re like, “Oh surely you don’t believe in that archaic eternal damnation nonsense.” No, I believe the holiness of God is so serious that rebellion against it would require such, and that the punishment fits the crime. Then James also contrasts false wisdom with true wisdom. True wisdom categorically embraces God is for God, and the commands of God in Scripture are about leading me into life for his glory. What God wants for me in his commands is for me to surrender to his kingship, to his lordship, to lead me into the fullest possible life for the praise of his glorious grace. How is God most primarily about God? By growing joy in my soul toward him, like a happy marriage would encourage a confidence in the institution of marriage in those around it. This is what James says, that we have eternity in view. Those who walk in true wisdom have eternity in view. We do understand there is more coming. As the apostle Paul would argue in the midst of his suffering, his current suffering isn’t worthy to be compared to the future glory. I heard a man one time say the first second of glory will make years of suffering vanish. The first second would make years of suffering vanish. (ref: The Village Church Sermon Transcript)

Sermon Video

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/worldliness–godliness/

Sermon Transcript

http://media.thevillagechurch.net/sermons/transcripts/201504191115FMWC21ASAAA_MattChandler_JamesPt8-WorldlinessGodliness.pdf

Sermon Text

James 4:1-12 (ESV) | Warning Against Worldliness

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Have a blessed weekend, and I pray you are encouraged by this sermon.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Friday Sermon | “False Wisdom / True Wisdom” by Matt Chandler

MattChandlerFor today’s good sermon, we’ll be visiting The Village Church led by Pastor Matt Chandler. We haven’t heard from Matt in some time, and he is currently leading Village Church through the book of James. I’ve selected this sermon out of the series because of the implications of rightly identifying True Wisdom of God and exposing the false wisdom of the world, whether its concerning Creation, Abortion, or Sexual Immorality. The Church, the Body of Christ, is under attack around the world. We Christians need to stand firm in our faith, and we must also embrace the Wisdom of God as revealed in the Scriptures. As always, Matt Chandler does a great job of delivering both Law and Gospel in this sermon on wisdom from James chapter 3.

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/false-wisdom–true-wisdom/

James 3:13-18 (ESV) | Wisdom from Above

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Friday Sermon | “God is for God” by Matt Chandler

For today’s good sermon, we’ll be going back in time a bit, back to Elevation Church’s Code Orange Revival of 2012. We are going to have a listen at what was most likely the best and most biblically sound message every delivered at Elevation Church… that message preached by Matt Chandler (the Village Church).

This sermon was edited out of the rebroadcasts of Code Orange Revival 2012 without any explanation. The Sola Sisters and Fighting for the Faith both covered the issue when it was current.

There are times when well-known pastors will agree to speak in highly questionable venues. Many loved ones object, fearing that their presence will be leveraged by false teachers as a tacit endorsement of their false teaching. For the most part, I agree with those who warn against going to such venues. However, what Matt Chandler does at Elevation Church in this sermon was bold, and faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I really enjoyed this sermon.

[youtube http://youtu.be/9yqQuTT1S40]

If you know anyone at Elevation, pray for them that the Holy Spirit will reach them and remove their blinders. Pray for the repentance of those in leadership at Elevation. Pray that the wolves be silenced. And pray for Matt Chandler and other pastors who are faithfully executing their pastoral duties while having to deal with a mega-church environment.

Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

Friday Sermon | Sanctity of Human Life by Matt Chandler

villagechurchFor today’s good sermon, we’ll be visiting The Village Church led by Pastor Matt Chandler. Now, this sermon by Matt Chandler is one of the few examples of the modern-hip approach to church service where the Word of God is still preached well. The stage, the dress-down casual attire, and the personal anecdotes are all very modern stylings, but when Matt preaches the Scriptures here, he handles them well. He still preaches Christ, and Him crucified for our sins. I’ve reviewed a few of his sermons in the past and have always found his zeal for the Gospel of Grace quite refreshing, even motivating. The sermon category is listed as Prayer, but this sermon addresses the sin of abortion. Are there some portions I think didn’t need to be in the sermon? Sure, but they don’t diminish the Biblical case he makes for the sanctity of Human life at conception.

Listen, friend. This isn’t political. This might be fought at times in the political arena, but I can assure you this is not a political issue. This is a biblical, ethical, spiritual issue that, to our shame, few of us have been moved by. –Matt Chandler

I encourage you to follow the link below to watch the sermon on the Village Church’s website where they’ve provided a written transcript so you can take your time to review the message and double-check and cross-reference the Biblical texts.

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/sermon/the-sanctity-of-human-life/

2 John 1:3 (ESV) 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge